Schools: No guns here!

State lawmakers may be discussing legislation that would allow guns in schools, but local school officials say they probably wouldn't permit it.
Krystle Wagner
Mar 11, 2013

 

The proposed Michigan School Protection Act would give school administrators the option to allow teachers and other employees in public schools to carry a concealed weapon on a school campus. House Bill 4098 is now before the House Education Committee.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska said the bill leaves him with many questions and significant concerns.

Konarska questioned if the law would make schools safer. He also asks, how could they be certain the weapons wouldn’t get into the wrong hands? And how does it change the climate in schools?

Konarska also wonders if it would encourage parents to carry weapons to conferences and sporting events.

“None of these questions are easy to answer, and I have no doubt that they would be major issues for our board if asked to consider the proposal,” he said.

Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton said sufficient security to provide a safe learning environment is a top priority, but he doesn’t agree with the bill’s supporters.

“In fact, looking at how the brain reacts to crisis — even amongst highly trained individuals — would suggest that we don’t want to have staff members carrying (guns),” he said.

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Comments

truthhurts

this sounds discriminatory and racist. His 'questions' show his true ignorance.

Say No To Tourist's

"Konarska also asks, how could they be certain the weapons wouldn’t get into the wrong hands? And how does it change the climate in schools?"

First. When your carrying concealed there's very little chance they would get into the wrong hands because of the fact they are concealed.

Secondly. Knowing the school has a concealed carry option would most likely deter something like Sandy Hook happening again.

However a standard CPL course in my opinion is not enough, teachers should be required to take something like an an advanced training course in self defense. I do think this is a great option to protect the lifes of students and teachers.

zwesterhouse

Just take teachers/staff who want to volunteer as reserve sheriff deputies. Then they will get the training, oversight and continuing education needed. Make them reserves and do not advertise who those reserves are. Problem solved.

christopher

The super asks how we can be sure that guns do not end up in wrong hands? How do you do that now? A gun free zone means only law abiding citizens will not have guns in the area. Our local schools do nothing meaningful to keep law breakers from having guns on our their properties. I have the opportunity to visit our schools on a regular basis. I am NOT a gun owner, but there is nothing that happens during my visits that would appear to deter someone who wanted to carry a gun on our local school campuses. I fully understand that some of the ways this may be in place are top secret ... but I am still skeptical.

GrandHavenJohn

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